SÕL-CON 2018 brings together community and comics

Students talk to exhibitors at Sol-Con 2018

On September 27 and 28, 2018, SÕL-CON brought together 90 Columbus area youth – high schoolers from Westland, DeSales, and Beechcroft, and 4th and 5th Graders from Highland Park – as well as industry insiders, indie comic creators and exhibitors, for a comic convention unlike any other. Created to serve as both a celebration of current creative minds and as a means to open doors for youth of color to learn how to express their stories through the comic book storytelling arts, Sõl-Con provides as a forum for the Columbus and Ohio State community to learn from today’s giants in the comic book industry.

During the two-day expo and workshop extravaganza, K-12 youth, Ohio State students, and general public met and learned from African American and Latinx creators. They also attended a lecture, "Uncaged: Hero for Hire," a reception, and a screening of Latinx Superheroes & Mainstream Comics.

In addition to encountering innovative comics by creators of color, students could also attend workshops such as: Digital Painting and Comics; Flip Books, How to Make a Zine; and Finding your Style and Voice in Comics.

On Saturday and Sunday, the SÕL-CON artists exhibited at CXR in the Main Library downtown and could attend various panels on topics such as diversity in comics and the anxiety of arriving; comics of color matter, and comics of color for youth.